Cyborganic wearables: sociotechnical misbehavior and the evolution of non-human agency


The following chapter posits that the evolution of wearable technology into our materials and our bodies represent opportunities for an expanded understanding of what it means to be human, augmenting human perception and sensual capacity. This technogenesis of the body in collaboration with advanced materials and tools, has the potential to foster interconnected ways of understanding our place within the neganthropocene. The authors promulgate a flat ontology between human and non-human actors, making reference to historically, anthropologically and ethnographically diverse examples to illuminate the polarization of our current epistemology. Drawing a critical theoretical framework influenced by Bradotti, Barad, Haraway, Kirby, Steigler, Verbeek and Latour, the authors arrive at a theory of cyborganic wearables and describe the potential of these devices/artifacts in reconfiguring the way we live-in, participate and understand the world around us. Redefining what it means to be human within sustainable ecosystems that foster and promote cybororganic mutation and creativity as essential requirements for understanding the future self.

Authors: Patricia Flanagan and Raune Frankjær (2019)

In Karkulehto, S., Koistinen, A. K., & Varis, E. (Eds.). Reconfiguring Human, Nonhuman and Posthuman in Literature and Culture. Routledge.

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